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Citizenship and Its Exclusions : A Classical, Constitutional, and Critical Race Critique (Hardcover)

Author: Roman, Ediberto

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Religion is one of the most powerful forces running through human history, and although often presented as a force for good, its impact is frequntly violent and divisive. This provocative work brings together cutting-edge research from both evolutionary and cognitive psychology to help readers understand the psychological structure of religious violence. These insights are applied to both Judaism and Christianity, and their texts, to illustrate how our evolved mind shapes religious beliefs and influences human events.

Contrary to the popular belief that religious violence is a corruption of true religion, carried out by individuals who twist its teachings, Teehan argues that religious violence is in fact grounded in the moral psychology of religion. This controversial argument is illustrated with reference to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the response to the attacks from both the terrorists and the President.

In the Name of God represents a fundamentally new approach to the analysis of religion. By applying evolutionary psychology, we can gain a fresh perspective on religious texts, and a better understanding of their contradictions and complexities, essential to combating religious violence and promoting a mora moral society.

"A timely interrogation of our citizenship tropes. Roman passionately demonstrates that the promise of citizenship has consistently fallen short on both historical and contemporary landscapes. Far from a warrant of inclusion and equality, citizenship has more often been used as cover for caste and subordination. Roman looks to bring citizenship's lofty aspirations to an authentic attainment."---Peter J. Spiro, author of Beyond Citizenship: American Identity after Globalization

"At a time when members of Congress hector President Obama in a televised address on the issue of citizenship and health care, and when know-nothing restrictionists dominate talk radio and cable news, this is a refreshing, thoughtful, and timely work. Roman has broadened his traditional work on Puerto Rico and the American colonies to examine carefully the literal and symbolic meanings of U.S. citizenship. His incisive unbundling of `the construct of citizenship' and the consequences of variegated membership is foundational work that will be widely cited, if not always by judges then surely by a wide array of immigration and other Constitutional scholars."---Michael A. Olivas, author of "Colored Men" and "Hombres Aquis": Hernandez v. Texas and the Emergence of Mexican American Lawyering

"A rich and impassioned exploration of the persistence of second-class citizenship in the United States. Roman vividly portrays the injustices concealed by our discourse of equal citizenship."---Gerald Neuman, J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law, Harvad Law School

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Publisher New York Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780814776070
SKU 213647933
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0814776078
Release Date 5/31/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0209
Publisher New York University Press
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